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New Holland Black Hatter - New Holland Brewing Company

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333 Ratings
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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 8
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: granger10 on 06-30-2006)
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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black bodied with thick beige soapy head that leaves 3/8 of an inch retained head. Pleasant Cascadian citrus aromas, and inviting. Creamy mouthfeel, spot on the style. good drinkability. Roast, some citrus and decent hop bitterness.Thanks for bringing back Chris.

Sammy, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

djrn2, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

acurtis, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.1%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With sharp flavors coming from all angles, the grain, the hops, the alcohols all take turns with their assault against the palate. It reminds me of when I first tried IPA and couldn't fathom who would drink it by choice.

Black hatter begins with a dark, bark brown pour that constructs a short statured but densely creamy foam stance. Moderate on retention and lace, the beer doesn't really sing best the head character that's expected of IPA. However, the dark color gets me every time.

Vegetation plays on the nose with a lot of earthy and fragrant scents: tree bark, citrus, leaf, and straw blend for a very sharp and earthy aroma profile. Any softer caramel or bread scent offers slight rebuttal but at a distance as not to interfere with the aromas of hops or char.

Flavors are every bit as sharp as the taste of heavy toast, coffee grounds, chocolate, and burnt caramel deliver a decidedly dry malt character that acts as sparse support for the dominance of hops. Lead by grapefruit pith, the sharp and excessively bitter beer also attributes subsidiary flavors of leafy hop matter, twigs, tree bark, leaf, straw, and lemony sassafras. It's somewhat obvious that we're getting a lot of chlorophyll, tannin, and phenolic character from the hops and grain along with the more desirable oils and resins. It seems that the dry roast and high attenuation brings further attention to the vegital character.

The pang of hop bitterness and grain-derived astringency seems to attack the palate immediately, and without allowing the creamy carbonation or malt structure to fully support the hop dryness or alcohol. This leaves the beer lackluster in mouth feel and ushers in a quick finish of char, wood, and citrus snap.

The beer is pleasurable enough to drink, but the problem is that the beer has a tough time competing with the black IPA of Southern Tier, Stone, or Rockers.

BEERchitect, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jaydoc, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a cream colored head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and roasted malt. Some chocolate notes, too.

T - It had a good roasted malt flavor with chocolate and toffee flavors. Nice piney bite with some orange flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a very nice black ale. These Hatter variations have been pretty nice.

zeff80, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut with 3+ fingers of khaki colored head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Brown bread, some charred grain

T: Peppery hops, a touch of nuttyness, plus piney notes up front. Some charred grain as this warms, some caramel, grapefruit & woody hops plus dryness. Finishes with grapefruit & some woody hops, dry & a bit of charred grain, just a touch of pear fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied, fairly soft carbonation, nice balance

A good black ale, this above par for New Holland, one I would reccomend

russpowell, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

wrightst, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of corby112
3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown color that appears pitch black in the glass with faint mahogany edges and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with a nice balance of earthy and citrus hops. At first the malt overpowers the nose with hints of chocolate, coffee bean and licorice but as it warms the hops become more apparent. Hints of earthy pine along with some grapefruit and lemon peel.

Medium bodied with a good balance of dry, bitter, earthy hops and deep roasted malt. There’s a blast of bitter earthy hops up front with hints of soil and pine which is countered by some sweet citrus. The citrus character isn’t as strong as the nose suggests with faint hints of grapefruit and citrus rind. The dryness from the hops is complimented by the deep roasted malt flavor. Hints of coffee bean, dark chocolate, burnt toast and licorice. Overall this was okay but not the best of the style. Decent balance but the hop profile is one dimensional and the malt presence is a bit heavy for my liking.

corby112, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Georgiabeer, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, 2014 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice crisp bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive had the Mad Hatter, the Oak Aged Hatter, and now the Black Hatter, brewed with black malt.

Appearance: A rich dark chocolate brown with a light khaki colored head and a superb display of lacing.

Smell: Floral hops and just a tinge of bready malts.

Taste: Bitter and resinous hops are the first to the scene. There is a roasted malt backbone which is very nice and I find this brew to be dark and uplifting. Pine, zest and roasted malts. As it warms, the black malt comes out ever so slightly, but never loses hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Good level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A very impressive brew from New Holland Brewing. A good style of beer too.

Stinkypuss, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New Holland Black Hatter has the colour of a midsummer night: black, but never without a twinkling of colour. Admittedly, however, even the bright LED light on my desk fails to reveal any substantial clarity, not even along the normally vulnerable edges of the glass. Its head is less a hat and more a scarf - it wraps around both the beer's surface and the glass.

The aroma broadcasts competing notes of roasted mushrooms, minty greens, lemon juice and caraway seed. It gives me an idea for a salad. Black IPAs typically balance chocolatey malts and earthy hops but this one seems to lean more heavily towards the lupulin; there's not a ton of roast, certainly nowhere enough to simulate coffee.

Black Hatter is a fairly reserved Black IPA that intriguingly offers notions of apples on par with those of pineapple; it plays out on the palate like a clash of cold versus warm climate tastes: woodsmoke, roast grain and coniferous trees versus coconut, green grass, and fleshy citrus. Any semblance of chocolate or coffee is menial compared to the earthy, herbal notes.

I can't speak from experience (and you shouldn't speak of meal pairings unless from experience) but if my imagination serves me correct, the brewery's suggested food pairings of arugula in vinaigrette and portabella stir-fry should work brilliantly; the beer has forest-y earthiness, citrus acidity, as well as bitter leafy green qualities. How could it not pair well?

Black Hatter is a dark beer pointed in bright citrus fruits, carob, dried Provence herbs and minty flavours. Hopheads will rejoice: So gloriously luscious! And indeed they should (especially at $4.99/bomber). That said, it does lack the rich mocha notes and muscularity of the style's best examples which makes it a somewhat incomplete example. Still, I definitely enjoyed it.

biegaman, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bomber

A - pitch black; off white head that's soft and dense; no retention

S - citrus, pine, a bit roasty

T - piny, citrusy, roasty, faint chocolate

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

Not bad but not great. Nothing really stands out. It's smooth and drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

tdm168, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

“Vintage 2013” served in a snifter.

Very dark brown body, nearly black in the glass, is covered by a thin and fragile, light tan head. The head soon reduced to a ring but left decent lacing.

Smells like an IPA with extra sweet malts. Its rather floral, and more roasted malts come out as it warms.

The flavor reflects the hops, the sweet malt, but also plenty of dark roasted malts. Floral, spicy and citrusy hops flavors with a little earthy and tropical fruit flavor. Nice finish and lingering aftertaste with hops and dark roasted grains in good balance, although ultimately only the hops remain, and a mild bitterness.

M: The body was medium; medium+ amount of carbonation lent some crispness.

O: A milder, gentler, better balanced black IPA without the clashing flavors of some others.

chinchill, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +8.1%

dmorgan310, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Kelp, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep cola pour with red brick highlights glisten from the light upon exit. A dense black in the vessel with a khaki colored head that was a finger in size and fairly firm in structure has a good stay. Window dressing is kept to a minimal.

S: Sweet caramel and pine mix nicely together, smooth easy roast bitterness is enough to appreciate accompanied by a creamer touch, some mocha and a spicy bit of tarragon. Subtle complexity, just wish it should more muscle to really shine though.

T: Flavor had a spicy bit of pine-roast and licorice, burnt barley sweetness and some coffee flair. Flowery citrus and pine brings a modest level of hops to the table while the earthy coffee roastiness is left to shine.

M: Good tingle of carbonation, thick oily feel, frothy texture on the hold with a warming bitterness of burnt citrus and wet coffee grounds.

O: Overall a decent cascadian ale. Flavor was decent, but felt it fell just a bit short of being a solid good (4.0) rating with a linear complexity and lacked that spike or stand out quality. End of the day a good example, respectable, worthy of a try.

beerthulhu, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Zaphog, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

rolltide8425, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying the Black Hatter...and I think it is pretty good. Another fine creation by Holland. The beer pours a almost opaque black with teh deep ruby hugh. The head is at least a finger thick and is leaving a lace. The smell has very fine hoppy with pine leaning tones. There is not much in the form of roast or malt. The taste is a bit bitter than I would prefer from a black ipa....would like a bit more roast and malt to start and then let the hops clean the pallete. The beer has a light to moderate body with smooth carbonation. Overall it isnt bad....but definitely not the best. I like the flavor with the lower abv which makes this a potential session brew.

WoodBrew, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown cola color with a nice tan head and foam with solid lacing after each sip. Hard to see, but this beer is bubbling just fine.

Roasted citric orange peel, almost burnt bread crust, and some grilled pablano peppers. Interetsing aroma.

The bitterness is a mix of roasted oarnge peel and singed malts. Very roasty with an awesome bitter counterpoint. The malt has a "pumpernickel bread left baking in the oven too long" flavor. Bitterness sticks to the palate from start to finish, but with a long, slow fade on the finish. The malt stands out from middle to end, but hops dominate.

Crisp and resiny palate, not a session beer for me, but flavor and worth trying again, and sharing.

scruffwhor, Sep 28, 2011
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New Holland Black Hatter from New Holland Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.